Family Law » Protecting Rights In Farmington, New Mexico
Cosme D. Ripol defends and counsels clients seeking to file for divorce in the state of New Mexico. New Mexico is a no fault divorce state, meaning either spouse can file for divorce for any reason without wrongdoing by either party. He and his staff also handle other family law cases including wills, trusts, and contracts.
Many people choose to obtain legal separation before getting a divorce. This helps them decide whether to get divorced or try to reconcile. Another reason for separation is when someone has not yet lived in the state long enough to get a divorce. In most cases, you are required to be separated for six months before you can get divorced.
During the separation, you are still legally married and cannot remarry. It is up to you and your spouse to decide how you want to move forward once you are separated. If you decide not to get divorced, you can simply end the separation and remained married without a going through a complex legal process. Our Farmington lawyers will help you through any part of the process, answer your questions, and support your decisions regardless of the outcome.
After you have been separated for six months, you can decide to proceed with the divorce. You must be a resident of New Mexico for at least six months before you can file for divorce. There are a number of documents you need to complete for the divorce to be finalized:
Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, Summons and Return of Service, Temporary Domestic Order, Answer to the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, Marriage Settlement Agreement, Parenting Plan (if applicable), Order to Withhold Income (child support and/or alimony), Qualified Domestic Relations Order, and Final Decree of Dissolution of Marriage.
Cosme D. Ripol will assist you throughout each phase of the divorce process, answering your questions and offering guidance to ensure everyone’s best interests are met as much as possible.
Child Support & Alimony
Cosme D. Ripol and his legal team also handle child support and alimony cases. You may be entitled to child support, alimony, or both. Alimony is granted when one spouse has given up earning potential in order to raise the children. There are several factors that go into a judge’s decision to grant alimony. Child support is most often paid by the parent who brings in a higher income to the other spouse for the sole purpose of providing for the child or children.
The amount is determined by the income of each spouse, ages of the children, and any specific or special needs the child has. Child support is also granted in cases where the parents have never been married and goes to the parent who has primary custody of the child. We will work with you to ensure you and your children have the financial support they need to live comfortably.
Wills & Contracts
While no one enjoys thinking about the reasons we need a will, creating one well in advance can give you peace of mind knowing your family will be taken care of and that your final wishes will be granted. Our Farmington lawyers will assist you in drafting a will to include your home, vehicles, investments, bank account funds, and personal belongings. Cosme D. Ripol also drafts contracts for private and business purposes, working with anything from private vehicle or property sales to employment contracts.
Our law firm also assists you with setting up trust funds and trusts for an estate. This allows you to dictate how your money will be managed and distributed through your lifetime and after your death. First, you are to determine who you will name as beneficiaries. Then you need to decide if it will be a living or testamentary trust.
We will help you choose the right type of trust for you needs and determine who will manage the trust. Finally, you will determine what property will fund the trust and draft the final agreement.